Remand home personnel involved in child crime rackets

PTI, PANAJI | 02 April 2012 11:09 IST

Officials of the state-run juvenile remand home are found to be helping the delinquents in escaping from the custody and sell the items robbed by them, police said today.

Police have already arrested Videsh Mandrekar, a caretaker of the remand home, for his alleged involvement in the escape of the juveniles.

Superintendent of police (North) Vijay Singh told reporters that the caretaker used to purchase the robbed items from the children at a throw-away price and sell them in the open market.

Five children have been already detained by police who unearthing several cases of robberies and a murder case in the state.

Four two-wheeler vehicles, two laptops and cash running in several thousands was confiscated by the police, who have conducted raids at several places in the state.

Interestingly, one of the stolen vehicles was parked within the compound of the remand home, which is under control of Directorate of women and child.

Singh said that the children, who were detained in the raids, had escaped from the remand home frequently.

Police are investigating the role of more officials from Apna Ghar in the crime.

As per the police records, the escapes from this shelter home were recorded on December 11, 2011, February 17, 2012, March 1, 2012 and March 6, 2012.

Singh said that one of the minor detained in the raids has confessed his links with notorious Zenito gang, which had killed one person at Siridao beach near here recently.

Police have sent all the arrested children for ossification test to ascertain their exact age.

The involvement of the children in the robberies was exposed on March 29, when during a routine night checking, policemen swooped down on one of the minor who was traveling on the stolen scooter.

The remand home was in the news recently after it was found that the minors repatriated to their parents from here were being trafficked in the state and employed at government run establishments by private contractors.

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Perhaps it is time the "CARETAKER", Videsh Mandrekar is taken care of, in Sada Jail.

- N.Fernandes, London | 02 nd April 2012 19:09

 

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